House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to End Government Shutdown

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to End Government Shutdown

But both of Louisiana's US senators cast votes against the package, decrying the deficit-boosting two-year agreement as reckless spending. "Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage".

The final vote was 240-186, with 167 Republicans and 73 Democrats voting for the legislation, while 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats voted against.

According to CNN, the House Freedom Caucus supports funding the military but not increasing the size of the government. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires a year ago. Still, leaders expected they could thread the needle to find the votes to pass the bill in both the House and Senate.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way just because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

"The senator from Kentucky by objecting to the unanimous consent requests will effectively shut down the federal government, for no real reason", John Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, said in remarks on the floor.

The most recent shutdown began on January 20 and lasted almost three days, before Democrats caved in on the immigration issue and agreed to the Republican proposal to debate it separately.

"This bill does not address the great moral issue of our time - the fact that in three weeks 800,000 young Dreamers will lose their legal status and be subject to deportation", said Sen. That's what prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to deliver a record-setting speech on Wednesday, and if the Senate eventually does pass the budget deal - which could happen after midnight - Pelosi will likely be delivering another lengthy lecture. From there, the bill would go to the House for a vote in that chamber - then to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

The White House budget proposal, to be released on Monday, projects that the economy will grow about 3 percent over the next decade, with a slightly larger near-term boost of 3.2 percent next year before declining to 3 percent in 2021 and 2.8 percent in 2026, the Wall Street Journal reported. Ultimately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to hold votes on an unspecified immigration bill in return for Democrats' votes to reopen the government for three more weeks. Such debt limit votes are usually enormous headaches for GOP leaders, but the increase means another vote won't occur before March 2019.

"I wonder about the endgame of people who keep us here till 1:00 and achieve nothing", said Richard Shelby (R., Ala.).

"He needs us", she said.

Both Democrats and conservatives in the House expressed reservations, with Democrats arguing they didn't want to support the bill without assurances the House would work on a permanent legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - the Obama-era initiative that shielded from deportation foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors.

"We'll be ready", she told reporters. "The problem is when Republicans are in charge, there's no conservative party, and that's kind of where we are now".

But the deficit spending in the bill would add more red ink to Washington's balance sheet and further underscore a shift in Republican thinking that Paul was trying to draw attention to. "You know what? I don't see how points alone can make a change in America", Sen.

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